Okay, I admit it.  I watch cooking programs on T.V.  Not all the time, but sometimes.  Lately I’ve been watch “Gusto” and I particularly enjoy Jamie Oliver’s presentations.  A couple of days ago, on his 15 minute meals program he did a breakfast recipe that is really 15 minutes that turned out to be fabulous.  Here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Porridge     Jamie Oliver

Makes 12 portions           Total time: 20 mins. (that includes cooking the porridge)


  • 200g blanched hazelnuts .85 cups*
  • 200g Medjool dates .85 cups
  • 400g porridge oats 1.7 cups         
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 heaped tablespoons quality cocoa powder
  • 1 orange

For Each Portion

  • 200ml coconut water .88 cups
  • 1 heaped tablespoon Greek yoghurt
  • 80g fresh fruit, such as raspberries, blackberries, sliced banana, grated apple and pear, segments of orange                             .85 cups
  • optional: 1 pinch of ground cinnamon or quality cocoa powder


Toast the hazelnuts in a dry pan on a medium heat until golden, tossing often, then tip into a food processor. Tear the stones out of the dates and add the flesh to the processor with half the oats, the vanilla extract and cocoa powder. Finely grate in the orange zest and pulse until fine, then stir the mixture back through the rest of the oats. Pour into an airtight jar, ready to use.

When you want a portion, simply put 65g of the mixture into a saucepan with 200ml of coconut water and heat gently over a medium-low heat for 3 minutes, or until it’s the consistency that you like, stirring regularly and adding splashes of water to loosen, if needed. Serve each portion with a spoonful of Greek yoghurt and 80g of fresh fruit. It’s also nice finished with a pinch of cinnamon or a dusting of cocoa, if you like. And remember, if you up the number of portions you’re cooking at one time, simply adjust the cooking time accordingly. Chocolate porridge – how cool is that!

Get ahead & batch it up

Make up a batch of this dry porridge mixture and it’ll keep happily for up to 2 weeks, making your brekkie routine super-easy.

This recipe comes from Season 1, Episode 5 of Jamie’s Super Food Family Classics.

Jamie Oliver: Super Food Family Classics: © 2016 Jamie Oliver

I hate it when they use metric measurements instead of cups, but the conversion tables help.  I still find myself guessing, but in this case it turned out great.  You’ve got to try this.  I made a large batch of the dry ingredients and put it in a plastic container (I collect these) that I got from cashews.  Seals tightly.  Then, using the same measures that the instant oatmeal called for, I cooked the cereal using coconut water.  It took about 5 minutes to get to the consistency I wanted.  I put some raspberries and blueberries (they’re on sale at Fortino’s this week) and a dollop of Greek yogurt on top.  No milk.  WOW!!  great as like Jamie said.

Try this and let me know if you enjoyed it.


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